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Overall Rating
3.44

Awesome: 31.25%
Worth A Look: 6.25%
Average37.5%
Pretty Bad: 25%
Total Crap: 0%

1 review, 10 user ratings


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Young Girls of Rochefort, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Young and naive"
3 stars

Following Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, he once again creates a vibrantly gushing musical, this time about lovers who happen to be mismatched and lost from one another without even knowing it.

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The Young Girls of Rochefort. Following Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, he once again creates a vibrantly gushing musical, this time about lovers who happen to be mismatched and lost from one another without even knowing it. But unlike the prior musical this one is not entirely sung. A travelling circus of dancers come to Rochefort, with the female moiety dropping out before a scheduled show. The two males must find replacements, and maybe it isn’t coincidence that the café owner that the blonde male has been despondently describing his feminine ideal to could in fact be her mother. Of course that daughter (Catherine Deneuve) is looking too, after just dumping her depressive painter boyfriend, while her sister (her real-life sister Françoise Dorléac) might have found Mr. Right at a sheet music store, while his long-time friend (Gene Kelly, wearing a bright pink shirt) is visiting in town and happened to be in love with the girls’ mother years ago. Boy-oh-boy is right! Ghislain Cloquet’s widescreen photography is some of the clearest, most beautiful cinematography captured on-screen, and the descriptions of “stunning” and “breathtaking” still cannot capture the true beauty of the visuals. The dances and choreography are average as are the songs, none of which particularly stick with you or are memorable beyond leaving the theater. And for a musical, for the songs to be the most forgettable element about the movie, it’s an understatement to say that it is disappointing. Kelly’s few scenes are the most enchanting and carefree, while Deneuve and her voice score highly as well. Deneuve is in a class and breed of her own, even outside of her own sister.

With Danielle Darrieux and Jacques Perrin.

Final Verdict: B-.

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User Comments

6/21/13 PAUL SHORTT CONTRIVED, EMPTY MUSICAL 2 stars
2/12/11 Studio If you don't love this film, the terrorists have won. 5 stars
7/28/06 Joy I really love this film. 5 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Not as good as Cherbourg, but springingly fun to watch. 4 stars
12/28/01 Joshua Ziemkowski While not as good as Umbrellas of Cherbourg, this film is outstanding. 5 stars
11/07/00 Anders The greatest musical ever made 5 stars
12/30/98 House of Chrisp My favourite film! Joy captured on celluloid. Don't like French people singing? Dont see it 5 stars
12/29/98 Schizofrenic Moronic. Blows. 2 stars
12/05/98 Shadow Raider Eep. Not my style or personality whatsoever. Definitely not my stuff. 2 stars
9/14/98 Como Erectus Not my thing. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  11-Sep-1998 (NR)

UK
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Australia
  02-Nov-1998


Directed by
  Jacques Demy

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Cast
  Catherine Deneuve
  Michel Piccoli
  Francoise Dorleac
  Jacques Perrin



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